Patch, Soap and Essential Oil Firms Warned On COVID-19 Claims, Court Silences Herbal Firm
FDA and FTC submit another three warnings to consumer health marketers making bogus claims to prevent or treat COVID-19. FTC also announces California firm agreed to court order to stop claiming a supplement consisting mainly of vitamin C and herbal extracts is an effective treatment.
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In NAD review on a challenge by S.C. Johnson, which markets Caldrea brand essentials oils, Young Living said because consumers are equally as likely to believe the products are therapeutic grade regardless of which image they saw in a survey demonstrates the claim doesn’t impact consumers’ perception of its products.
FDA’s latest COVID-19 warnings note fewer violative claims than identified in previous warnings to consumer health firms. One had a single noncompliant claim on its website, while another’s violations included identifying potential symptoms of COVID-19. Four men associated with a Florida church face counts of conspiracy to defraud the US and of contempt of court stemming from COVID-1 claims for a bleach solution.
The Commission serves up 35 more warning letters to companies making false and unsubstantiated COVID-19 claims, including Julie E Health, which marketed a prevention and treatment kit comprised of dietary supplements and purported EMF “remediation” products, capitalizing on conspiracy theory anxieties.